No ebola expected here, but officials are prepared

Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson said, “Public Health has been preparing for a possible case of Ebola.”

Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson said, “Public Health has been preparing for a possible case of Ebola.”

Public Health Announces Ebola Readiness

Mono and Inyo County Public Health can swiftly respond should a case of Ebola occur here.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that there is a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) in Texas. The Health Department would like to reassure all residents of the Eastern Sierra that there are no suspected cases of Ebola here in the counties, or in the states of California and Nevada.

“We do not anticipate an outbreak of Ebola to occur here, however if a suspected case of Ebola should occur, the Public Health Department is prepared and equipped to swiftly respond,” said Rick Johnson, M.D., MPH, Health Officer. “Public Health has been preparing for a possible case of Ebola.”

As part of Public Health’s readiness, the Department is taking the proactive steps of providing information about Ebola, its diagnosis, and the management of suspected cases to health care providers throughout the county. In the event of a single case or even multiple cases of illness, Public Health and its hospital partners have the ability to identify and diagnose any suspected Ebola case through public health laboratories, isolate any patient with a confirmed diagnosis, provide appropriate care with strict infection control, and work with those who have had contact with the patient. The hospital has the ability to provide a patient his or her own room and bathroom, and is able to isolate that patient and provide competent and complete medical care for Ebola.  We are also linked with other referral centers that are equipped to handle transfers to referral centers out of our area.


“It is important to note that the risk of spreading Ebola is very low in the U.S. and in Mono and Inyo Counties. Ebola patients can only spread the disease when they have symptoms, and a person ‘catches’ this illness only when they have direct contact with an infected person’s body fluids. Avoiding direct contact with the patient and his or her fluids protects others from infection,” said Dr. Johnson.


The CDC and Public Health will be working with the Mammoth Yosemite Airport to respond if an international traveler is suspected of having Ebola. People should avoid unnecessary travel to countries in West Africa that are currently affected by the Ebola outbreak. If you recently visited one of these countries and had contact with someone infected with Ebola, you should visit your doctor and discuss your travel history. If you visited one of these countries, but you did not have contact with anyone infected with Ebola, you should take your temperature twice a day. If you get a fever or other symptoms within 21 days of your return to the U.S., visit your doctor and discuss your travel history.

Public Health continues to monitor for any possible cases of Ebola, and we continue to work with our partners and health care providers to protect health, prevent disease, and promote the health and well-being of all residents of the Eastern Sierra.

8 Responses to No ebola expected here, but officials are prepared

  1. Reality Check October 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    I doubt that any of the local hospitals have a specially designed “Hot Room” built to CDC specifications for complete and safe isolation of someone suspected of having Ebola, MERS or similar diease.

    I also question if they have the proper PPE in sufficient quanities for the nurses and doctors to take care of a suspected Ebola patient.

    I think it would be a flip and ship to a larger facility.

    Possible Ebola patient in Hawaii now.

  2. Ken Warner October 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    You’re still gonna need a bigger boat.

    It takes 10 to 20 people to care for one ebola patient if you consider the number of people it will take to track down each possible contact and all the people they’ve contacted. Being able to take care of one ebola patient really isn’t enough. The support staff in a hospital is generally not that well trained. And if one of the medical staff becomes infected — bigger boat.

    • Trouble October 2, 2014 at 6:30 am #

      I want to see who pays for this one?

  3. Reality Check October 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    What amazes me is that if you take a dog to Hawaii that has it’s rabies shots, a rabies titer certificate, and the dog still has to spend months in quarantine.

    Now a guy can fly from Sierra Leone, the ground zero, hot zone for Ebola, who admits he helped move a Ebola patient who later died,then flys in a metal tube (perti dish) called an air plane with hundreds of other people, then walks off the plane into the general American population.

    He gets sick, goes to the hospital, tells the nurses he came in from Sierra Leone, they send him home for two days with antibiotics when he is now sympyomatic, and potentially infects other people, including visiting four schools.

    Yeah, the government has everything under control.

    • Reality Check October 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

      Correction: The Ebola patient was from Liberia, not Sierra Leone. He flew to Belgium, then to DC, then to Texas, three planes.

  4. Mr. NRA October 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    While the CDC and Rick Johnson state that Ebola is not an airborne virus, they are only telling you want you want to hear. In 2012 a study was done that does in fact show that Ebola can be an airborne virus. Remember the CDC is controlled by the government and they will not always tell you the truth.

    • Benett Kessler October 1, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      And, remember, the information you attached is not fully proven either. Benett Kessler

    • Charles O. Jones October 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      From your link:
      “the method of transmission in the study was not officially determined”

      So according to your link the 2012 study does not show that Ebola is an airborne virus. That was the opinion of one doctor.

      Regardless, I don’t rely on survivalist websites for credible scientific opinion.


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